Eight years ago, while driving down a very busy street on the east side of Madison, I noticed a large yellow Labrador retriever standing all alone on the sidewalk.  A loose dog close to a busy street is not a good combination.  I did exactly what you would have done.  I pulled the car over and walked up to this smiling (dogs do too smile!) tail-wagging machine and was immediately smitten with this goofy sweet boy dog.  His dog tag read ‘Casey’.  We happily walked together down the street to the address on his tag and rang the doorbell.  A woman came to the door and when she saw Casey smiling up at her she did a double take.  Apparently, Casey had found his way out of his fenced in backyard and decided it was a good day to take a walk, all by himself.  Needless to say, Casey’s mom was very grateful that he was brought home safe and sound. 

Two weeks later, Lucy and I went for a walk and lo-and-behold there was Casey at our neighborhood park.  This time, thankfully, he was with his mom.  The four of us greeted each other warmly.  Casey’s mom, Diane, and I shook hands and talked for quite some time and the dogs, well, you know, they introduced themselves in the usual dog sniff manner.  I’m so glad human beings shake hands, aren’t you?

Nope, I didn’t forget about Casey’s and Lucy’s mama skunk story.  Just thought it would be nice for you to get to know Casey a little.